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February 15, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 2 from Quilting Affection

Wow, two week goes by so quickly, how did Block 1 for your Graceful points QAL go for you?  I hope you had fun. If you miss Block 1, you can catch up by reading all about it through the Graceful Points QAL Kickoff Post.

Well let's get started with Block 2- BlockBuster #2 – Crowning Glory.  We will be making the following block sizes depending on your quilt size; 9" Finished (wall) and the 12" Finished (King).  

This block consist of making a 3-colored Quarter Square Triangles and Shaded Four Patches for the corners.  So you will need your ...

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February 11, 2019
Island Batik Magnificent Minis from Quilting Affection

The first project for the 2019 Island Batik Ambassador were challenged with was to make a Magnificent Mini that measured 24" x 24 or smaller.

For my project, I wanted to make a modern looking mini out of my Studio 180 Design tools and some of the fabrics from my Island Batik Ambassador leftover blender and basic fabrics from previous years. I also used four 5" x wof strips from my Stash builders bundles that I received in my Island Batik Ambassador Box.

My mini blocks were 3 1/2" unfinished,  I needed to make  1" finished units from my ...

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February 10, 2019
Magnificent Mini’s from If These Threads Could Talk

The products shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Magnificent Minis

Our assignment for February was to create a “Magnificent Mini” using any technique we chose.  The only criteria was the size: 24″ x 24″ or smaller.  It seems I’m always collecting quilt blocks for hearts and Christmas Trees. The first thing I do is fire up my EQ8 and start drawing.

Last year I made a heart mug rug.  The drawing above consists of mirror image split rects and two squares that have had the corners popped using Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Pop tools ...

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February 5, 2019
Twilight Chic Week from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Studio 180 Design.

Welcome to Studio 180 Design’s “Twilight Chic Blog Hop”.  I have been lucky enough to make 4 quilts from Twilight Chic line of batiks by Island Batik for Deb Tucker.


For this challenge I chose to make a hunter star quilt from Deb Tucker’s book “Hidden Treasures” using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool.  Hidden Treasures offers you 29 different lap size quilt patterns and 7 bed runner patterns for the hunter star.

The same pieces can make very different ...

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February 1, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Kick Off Day! from Quilting Affection

Yeah!  It's time to get started on the Graceful Points Quilt Along (QAL).  Thank you to everyone who plans on participating, and I do also want to thank Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design for giving me permission to use the BlockBuster Blocks in this Quilt Along.  I am hoping you will have great fun for you all. 

Before we start the Fun, I want housekeeping chores before we start.  Starting with going quick over the QAL.  

Please remember to read your Newsletter and Blogs, this is important in providing you update and notifications, plus valuable information on the blocks ...

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January 18, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik
Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik

Well, if you can’t getaway, go to the library for a good book! The Utica, NY Public Library opened in 1904. I love the inside of this Library.

Shaded Chic

The upper floors of the Utica Library are made of thick glass. I used to love coming here as a child.

In every box of fabric we Island Batik Ambassador’s receive, there is a secret bundle of the newly released batiks. I was lucky enough to be ...

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January 5, 2019
24 Projects in 2018 from If These Threads Could Talk

I saw a post on Facebook that asked the question “how many quilts did you make in 2018”.  So I went back and started counting.

February included GAlentines day Mug Rug  and Mini Love for Island Batik Ambassadors

March included my infamous attempt at a mini tuffet , Hunter Star – Tortola from Royal Treasures Book, Scrapodopolis using the first 6 BlockBuster patterns and Whirling Dervish.

April included Prism and Refraction

May was Pillow Possibilities and The Heron.

June included A Blast form the Past and Crossfire.

July was A Field of Popped V’s & Paris OBW # 64.

August included Split Personality ...

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January 2, 2019
Goals for 2019! from Quilting Affection

Happy New Years and Welcome to 2019! 

A lot of exciting things have happened to Quilting Affection Design business in the past year.  Starting off with completing one of my long-term goals of becoming a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor.  Which as brought me some great teaching opportunities and helped me with the pattern designing part of my business.  I was lucky enough to get Checker Distributor’s to carry my patterns as well. I continued as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador.  Looking back at my main goals of 2018, such as growing my Social Media, Blog, and Newsletters, Lecture ...

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January 1, 2019
Twilight Stars from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Next week, January 7th begins Island Batik’s “Get Away Blog Hop” I’m all ready for my reveal. My secret bundle for this blog hop is Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik which was introduced at this past fall market.

I participated in Studio 180 Design’s blog hop in November in which I made this version of “Evening Elegance” from the Twilight Chic line.

With fabric I had left I wanted to make a quilt to showcase the seven technique sheets created to ...

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December 7, 2018
Graceful Points Quilt Along coming February, 2019 from Quilting Affection

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt using the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster blocks?  Or are you one of those Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design fans that love the tools and want to expand your skills.  Well, you’re in luck, I will be hosting the first of many Quilt Along in 2019, where I have designed a quilt around the blockbuster blocks.

Some of you may be wondering, what is a Blockbuster? Starting back in 2016, the Deb Tucker Studio 180 design team began developing a Free PDF download program called “Blockbusters” to encourage Deb Tucker Studio 180 ...

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December 5, 2018
Calm Seas from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

A Storm at Sea quilt has been on my “need to make list” for a long time.  I especially love the kind that use graduating colors.  Lucky for me, fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Michelle Hiatt created her pattern “Calm Seas“.  This fabulous pattern offers you a choice of 3 sizes; Throw, Double or King.  I chose to make the Throw size (62″ x 72”).  Calm Seas is a companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Large Square/Squared, Diamond Rects & V Block Tools.

I chose ...

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Perfect Flying Geese using the Wing Clipper® tutorial from Quilting Affection

This week I'm preparing to teach two class of the Tucker University at the end of the week.  This month I will be teaching my students how to use the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® I tool.  This tool is straightforward and gives you precise, accurate flying geese every time.

You start by making Flying Geese using the No-Waste Method.  You cut out the one large square this will be the body of your geese and four small squares which will be the wings of your geese.  To find your sizes you will need to cut, refer to the ...

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December 3, 2018
Whimsical and Wonky from If These Threads Could Talk

Whimsical and Wonky

The Island Batik Ambassador’s December challenge was to create a project that is Whimsical & Wonky”.   Well, I settled on Tipsy!  My Holiday Tipsy Tree is based on BlockBuster pattern # 27 Roll the Dice .  This year I have made many quilt projects using Split Rects Units so it is only fitting I end the year with Split Rects.


For this quilt I used Island Batik’s “Alpine Jungle” line of beautiful batiks.  I also used Studio 180 Design Split Rects, Square/Squared, Wing Clipper I & Lemoyne Star tools.  I chose four different green fabrics, 9 for block centers.

Cut your ...

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November 9, 2018
My Evening Elegance Revealed from If These Threads Could Talk


Evening Elegance measures 60″ x 60″.  The blocks are finished at 12″.

This is one version of Deb Tucker’s Evening Elegance quilt.  Go to Deb Tucker’s blog  to see version 1 and to download both quilt settings.  It was designed using BlockBuster Patterns:   1 Ohio Star, 7 Whimsy Turndash, 9 Three in One, 16 Peaks & Valleys, 20 Stellar Collision, 21 Around the Block, 22 Square Dance, 26 Cactus Blossom and  34 Evening Shadow.

I really had fun making this quilt.  I love the “Circle of Nine” layout.

These beautiful fabrics from Island Batik are gorgeous.

#islandbatik #thebestfrombali  #debtucker ...

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November 7, 2018
Evening Elegance Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

This is day 3 of Studio 180 Design’s Evening Elegance Blog Hop.  Deb Tucker has launched her own fabulous signature fabric collection, Twilight Chic, with Island Batik and fabric designer Kathy Engle.


Below are the links to everyone participating in the blog hop:

Monday November 5th – Karen Overton – The Quilt Rambler”

Tuesday November 6th – Tammy Silvers – Tamarinis –

Wednesday November 7th – Jackie OBrien – If These Threads Could Talk –

Thursday November 8th – Tina Dillard – Quilting Affection Designs –

Friday November 9th – Studio 180 Design – https ...

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November 1, 2018
Log Cabin Challenge from If These Threads Could Talk


The Island Batik challenge for November is to incorporate a log cabin block or variation into my project.  I decided to use Studio 180 Design’s Geese on the Edge Technique Sheet.  This is a variation on the Log Cabin block and is a fun way to use your Square/Squared tool, Tucker Trimmer I & Wing Clipper I.


My beautiful Island Batik fabrics from left to right:  Mr. T Blocks: Arc Pine Needle, Dash-Grasshopper, Seed Circle Custard, Arc Waves Grasshopper, & Sprinkles Playful Pachyderm, & Paisley Dot: Apricot, Candy Corn, Nasturtium, & Item number 121412189.

I have named my original design “Converging Geese ...

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October 11, 2018
Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along Week 3 from Quilting Affection

Week 3 is here in the Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along.   Here is Week 3's Video:

Last time, we were preparing for Units 2 and 3, steps 1-3.  Today, we will be finishing up the final couple steps.

I want to start by saying this is a very complicated pattern to write and I had several testers on this pattern, and even the testers could get caught all the errors.  As I was making the final steps for this QAL, I notice some pressing mistakes in Step 3 that I would like to point out for the Small HST Triangles ...

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September 27, 2018
Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along Week 2 from Quilting Affection

How did you do with Week 1, in the Rainbow Serenade, did you get your units finished?  If you missed Week 1, you can read about it here.

In Week 2, of the Rainbow Serenade QAL, we are starting on Unit 2 and 3, working on only Steps 1 - 3.  We will be leaving Steps 4 and 5 for the next part of the QAL. 

You can watch the Video below:

In Week 2, we start with Step 1 for Unit 2 and 3, and the making of more Half Square Triangles. Remember, you don't have to Trim at ...

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September 22, 2018
New Years Star from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Northcott  Fabrics.

This fabulous pattern, “New Year’s Star” by Deb Tucker is fun to make using your V Block & Tucker Trimmer I tools.  It can be made in 3 sizes: 50″ x 66″, 66 x 82″ & 82 x 102″.  I love pink and aqua & retro fans.  I guess you can say the photo above shows my fan club (HAHAHAHA).


I chose 4 fabrics from Northcott’s “Strokes of Brilliance” collection.  The colors are so deep and rich.


Pinwheels:  Making the pinwheels begins by  making half square triangles using ...

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September 6, 2018
Starstruck, in a SueNami Kind of Way! from If These Threads Could Talk


The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for September is “Starstruck”.  We must incorporate “stars” into our project.  I chose the Hunter Star block and Sue Tuckers award winning quilt pattern “SueNami“.  This really fun quilt was made with 5” blocks using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool and measures 68″ x 68″.


This fat quarter friendly quilt requires 8 dark & 8 light fat quarters.  I used yardage for light background instead of fat quarters.  Of course, all my fabrics are from Island Batik.


Every hunter star block consists of 2 trapezoids, 2 triangles, 4 star points.  I ...

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